If the present changes the past, what do we do with the future?

Now that we're here, in 2020, what meaning do we make of what has happened and where do we take it? What do we do with all this time?

So you want to go on a writing residency?

In just a few weeks I'll be heading to my third writing residency in Nerac, France. I can't tell you how much I look forward to residencies for the dedicated and selfish time of writing. At home it feels like there are a million things that distract me and pull me away from it, and… Continue reading So you want to go on a writing residency?

Dear new parliamentarians,

Congratulations. You have been given the honour of serving your country, and serving its people. Very few people get this chance to make laws that change lives, change lived realities, give or take away access to justice and health and safety. Yours is a job that comes with extreme power. I hope you use that… Continue reading Dear new parliamentarians,

On International Women’s Day – Defend Our Line in the Sand

It has been a hard week for women, a hard day. A hard month, a hard year, a hard lifetime. I could write this sentence at any moment in history and it would have been true. Even on the weeks and days when victories are won, the backlash is the shadow lurking behind them. I… Continue reading On International Women’s Day – Defend Our Line in the Sand

2019 Creations

We're in the early days of a new year, and so there are still many messages around about being a new you and how to set goals so you can adjust the parts of your life that aren't working as well as you think they should. This type of message - FIX YOURSELF IN ONE… Continue reading 2019 Creations

10 tips on marriage

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated ten months married. When you read that you might be laughing at the fact that I'm dishing out advice like a seasoned married person - don't worry, I'm laughing with you. Last month I had the honour of being asked to speak at my uncle's wedding. He asked me… Continue reading 10 tips on marriage

South Africa hates women – are you fine with that?

This morning I'm sitting with a heavy heart. The past years months weeks have been full of news that would make even the unobservant reader realise that South Africa is not a country for women. On paper we are equal. Yet, in the day to day, we are living with the constant threat that we… Continue reading South Africa hates women – are you fine with that?